MQA Encoded CD!
The first two Chesky titles to be released on MQA-encoded CDs are Rebecca
Pidgeon's The Raven and Camille Thurman's Inside the Moment.
"Music lovers with MQA-enabled DACs will be able to experience the full
benefits of MQA-encoding/unfolding, while others will enjoy Red Book quality
"The decision to issue these titles as MQA CDs was decided quickly... as we were
exploring the possibility of working with MQA in our studio," David Chesky
explained by phone. "After speaking to Bob Stuart of MQA, we realized we could
easily apply MQA to CD. Alan Silverman, whose ARF Mastering is right next door,
did the MQA encoding, and both Bob and Spencer Chrislu of MQA double-checked the
"Once Chesky heard MQA, he was easily convinced of the benefits of MQA CDs. "You
get a hi-rez file in the same package as the CD," he said. "It's like listening
to the master file on CD. If all goes well, we'll do all our future issues like
"As for the choice of what to issue first, it seems to have been a no-brainer.
Thurman, he says, "sounds amazing, like a young Sarah Vaughan, and she plays sax
as well." John Atkinson, who was present at one of the concerts where the album
was recorded, enthusiastically agrees. "It was an extraordinary experience to
hear this young woman channeling Coltrane," he reports.
"As for Pidgeon's classic, most audiophiles have already heard it in multiple
formats, which will make comparison with the MQA issue easy.
"We needed to press a new batch of The Raven, so issuing it in MQA makes perfect
sense," he said. "Now people can play it alongside the other versions and see
what they like." - Stereophile.com
The world of jazz has been graced by many great female vocalists through the
decades - Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Vaughan, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, to name
just a few. Chesky Records is excited to introduce a name we feel will one day
be in their company... Camille Thurman. On her Chesky Records debut, Thurman
shows her versatility with stunning performances on both saxophone and vocals.
The multi-talented Camille Thurman is an award-winning composer, a formidable
saxophonist, and a second-place winner of the prestigious Sarah Vaughan Vocal
Competition. She has performed with artists ranging from Dr. Billy Taylor,
George Coleman, Lew Tabackin, and George Benson, to Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, and
Missy Elliot. She recently made her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut during the
Generations in Jazz Festival, leading a killer quartet as she sang, played, and
showcased original compositions and some classics. She also recently gave an
improvised scatting performance during Battle of the Big Bands that brought down
the house in The Appel Room. The inaugural release of the new Virtual Audio
Series from Chesky Records, this album was recorded in front of a live audience
at Rockwood Music Hall in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, using a single
binaural microphone. This technique places the listener in the middle of a live
show. If you didn't know any better, you'd swear you can smell the perfume of
the young lady seated to your left.
MQA CD plays back on all CD players. When a conventional CD player is connected
to an MQA-enabled device, the CD will reveal the original master quality.
• MQA Encoded CD
1. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
2. Sassy's Blues
3. Road Song
4. Detour Ahead
6. Flower Is A Lovesome Thing